The Five co-host Eric Bolling apparently thinks that the United States invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein “financed” the 9/11 terror attacks. This is blatantly false. The link between Hussein and September 11 has been long-since debunked by numerous investigative bodies, including the 9/11 Commission, which discovered “no credible evidence” that Iraq was involved in the attacks.
In a January 11 post on Twitter, Bolling linked to a Huffington Post article highlighting comments he made on The Five on January 9, in which he accused children's book publisher Scholastic of “pushing a liberal agenda.” According to Bolling, liberal bias can be found in children's history textbooks that include “very liberally biased” arguments such as: “George Bush went in [Iraq] because he heard there were weapons of mass destruction and they were never found.”
Responding to the Huffington Post, Bolling wrote: “We (America) 'went into' Iraq because radical Islamists killed 3k of ours+Saddam financed.”
In the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration repeatedly suggested (in the absence of credible evidence) close links between Iraq and al Qaeda. A poll taken less than six months after the invasion found that nearly 70% of Americans wrongly believed that Hussein was personally involved in the September 11 attacks.
Bolling's assertion that Hussein “financed” 9/11 has been thoroughly debunked. As reported by The Washington Post in 2004, the 9/11 Commission explained that there was ' “no credible evidence' that Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq collaborated with the al Qaeda terrorist network on any attacks on the United States.'”
Further, in 2007, the US Defense Department released a report concluding that “Saddam Hussein's government did not cooperate with al Qaeda prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.”
But if Bolling wants to dismiss the Pentagon and the 9/11 Commission as “liberally biased,” then perhaps he would listen to Dick Cheney, who also conceded in a 2009 speech that, “I do not believe and have never seen any evidence to confirm that [Hussein] was involved in 9/11. We had that reporting for a while, [but] eventually it turned out not to be true.”